AME/MUS 303: Hip Hop: Art, Culture, and Politics
Fall 2011, Fall 2013 online
University of Maine at Augusta
Course description: Hip Hop is an umbrella term for art, music, dance, literature, identity, style and politics. We will begin to understand the art, culture, and politics of Hip Hop by looking at the movements and politics that inspired the birth of Hip Hop as a form of art and music. We will consider the art and aesthetics of Hip Hop and the musical styles that made Hip Hop music possible. The ways in which Hip Hop speaks to youth and speaks about oppression, violence, identity, culture, and power will also be considered. We will then explore Hip Hop as a form of cultural politics and activism toward social justice. Students will create art or music toward Hip Hop inspired social justice. Finally, we’ll consider the possibilities of a Hip Hop future.
The image on this page is part of a students' action/education project. When family circumstances caused her to have to leave the country before she could finish the class. She used the resources at her disposal (notebook paper, a black pen, a red pen) to create an image that speaks to her love/hate relationship with Hip Hop. I highlight this image, and other student projects, in my article "Rasquachismo: A Theory, Methodology, and Pedagogy for Hip-Hop Intersections."
Hip Hop Resources
Certainly not an exhaustive list, some of my favorite and my most-cited.
and in progress...
Words Beats & Life
Hip Hop for Social Change
B.Steady The Flobots Invincible Santigold The Coup
Sosan Firooz, Afghanistan's first female rapper
Quebec's Hip-Hop Historian Webster
Another article About Webster
The Workout When the Smoke Clearz Whole Foods Parking Lot
Black Genius The Poverty of Philosophy Ms. Amerikkka
Women and Hip Hop: Sharing Sources to Shatter Mainstream Limitations